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Are heavy bolters decent?

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I was thinking about either including a dakka pred or a squad of havocs with 4 heavy bolters in my army because I like hoolding big fistfuls of high strength dice in my hands, and was wondering if they are a viable option over say plasma weapons or reaper autocannons for my budding Chaos Army. As a former tyranids player I was always quite terrified of heavy bolters since they would mow down my carnifexes with ease, but that was 4th ed and I am really not sure if they are decent vs all opponents or not. All of my friends scoff at heavy bolters as useless but I think they have potential and I wass hoping that I am not the only one who thinks this. Thanks in advance!
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Sisters of Battle have useful Heavy Bolters, since they can give them Rending.

Honestly, people talks smack about heavy bolters, but they're still a... decent... weapon. A decent amount of dakka, a decent points cost. There are just so many weapons that are better than simply "decent". Autocannons are sort of the case in point, here--roughly same points cost, in most cases, more effective against a broader range of enemies, and still a solid number of shots.
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